Newsletter 24th October 2012

Many congratulations to Merseyside PT on winning the BQF UK Excellence Award. The first ever public sector agency to be a finalist for this award. This well deserved recognition, continues to demonstrate the effectiveness of probation at a time when Ministers have barely mentioned probation in recent speeches.  More detail is on the PCA Website.

1. Meeting with the Minister
2. Professional Register Scoping Study
3. Executive Director Positions
4. PCA Annual Conference – bids for workshops
5. PCA Public Protection Group – Parole Board
6. PCA Restorative Justice Portfolio Update
7. Deaths in Probation
8. Volunteers and Mentors in Reducing Re-offending conference
9. PbR Portfolio Lead advert
10. New Learning from Serious Case Reviews
11. RR3 (Reducing Reoffending Third Sector Advisory Group) – Justice Policy Group Update October 2012

Newsletter 8th October 2012

This is a packed edition of the newsletter and hopefully there is something here to interest everyone! I want, though, to highlight invitations for applications from ACOs and Directors for two positions of PCA Executive Director; bids from Trusts to lead workshops at the next PCA Annual Conference; the opening of the PCA members forum on the website; and opportunities to get involved with the Commissioning and Competitions Portfolio Group. As always, we value your feedback.

Newsletter 24th September

Dear PCA member

This edition reports on the continuing work of PCA on several fronts, including: improving our website; a programme of seminars and workshops; opportunities to showcase good work at the 2013 PCA conference, next March; and. announcements about changes to Portfolio leads. As ever if you would like to be involved in the work of PCA do not hesitate to get in touch We value your feedback. Views, comments etc, to feedback@localhost please.

Savas Hadjipavlou
PCA Business Director

News Highlights

PCA Annual Conference

We recently confirmed that the PCA Annual conference will be at the Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel in Meriden near Coventry on 14-15 March 2013. As at the 2012 Conference we want to hear from Trusts who would like to run workshops on work or projects that they are doing, showcasing innovative practice or other work designed to promote the work of probation in the local community. Please e-mail suggestions to Jenny Seaton Ulliott. We will start to develop the conference programme in October and your early ideas would be particularly welcome.

PCA Workshop and Seminar Programme

The PCA is launching an ongoing series of workshops and seminars that aim to increase engagement internally with our members, and enhance the PCA‟s profile with external stakeholders. The programme will focus on issues and reforms that are topical and expected to generate significant interest. Our invited audiences will be tailored depending on the topic and objectives specific to each workshop/seminar.

We are pleased to announce that four events in our workshop/seminar programme have been organised to take place before Christmas to find out more about these events please click here.

PA/PCA New Organisation Update

The PCA Council at its meeting on 14 September reviewed the work done jointly with PA on a single organisation to represent probation in the future. The Council felt that more work was needed on the future scope and structure of the new organisation before decisions could be taken. The Council was content for discussions with PA to continue to explore the options, developing a more detailed proposal for further consideration.

Expressions of interest to join the work of the PCA Executive as a co-opted members

The PCA Executive has reviewed its working methods and how better to broaden the opportunities for PCA members to make a contribution. It has concluded that there would be benefit from co-opting up to three additional members drawn from the ranks of chief executives, deputy chief executives and directors/ACOs. These co-opted positions would run for an agreed fixed term, of up to two years, and could focus on particular areas of interest to PCA. This note therefore is seeking expressions of interest from interested PCA members. Those co-opted would gain better insight into the work of the PCA, making a personal contribution and enabling them better to make an informed judgment about putting themselves forward for Director positions, as and when these become available for election in the future. The Executive would make the selection of those co-opted from those expressing an interest.

If you would like to be involved in the work of the PCA Executive in a co-opted capacity, could you please get in touch, by 30 September, with Savas Hadjipavlou by email or phone 03000 480 228 who would be happy to discuss these roles if that would be helpful.

PCA Website and Members Area

We continue to develop the PCA Website. In particular within the “Members Area” you will find a selection of Information: Press Lines, Documents and a Forum, to which you are encouraged to contribute! We are issuing logins to the members’ area, working through our membership records, but you can also request membership login here and we will set that up for you. Throughout the coming weeks and months you will receive emails that will:

– Ask you to verify any information on there that we feel is appropriate to you
– Invite you to participate in discussions and contribution to the content.

We look forward to your continued support in driving the website forward and being able to make best use of the valuable resource that it is. Your feedback is urged and welcomed so if you have any comments please contact Stuart Cave in the Business Office.

PCA Learning and Development Portfolio Lead

We are delighted to announce that Catherine Holland, Director, Staffordshire and West Midlands Probation Trust, has been appointed as the new Learning and Development Lead. Catherine will bring her expertise into the Professionalisation project and very much look forward to working with her. She will work within the Resources and Staffing Business Area led by Kuljit Sandhu and Stuart MacDonald.

A Guide to Social Return on Investment

The Office of the Third Sector (OTS) and the Scottish Government recognise that demonstrating added social, economic and environmental value is important for third sector organisations and their funders, investors and commissioners. This is becoming increasingly important for the public and private sectors. The OTS has therefore funded a three-year programme on measuring social value beginning in November 2008. To learn more about this project and the Cabinet Office’s new Guide to Social Return on Investment please click here.

“Creating sustainable social enterprises in the criminal justice system: A comparative study”

The report “Creating sustainable social enterprises in the criminal justice system: A comparative study” looks at delivering enterprise activity within the Justice system and how demanding this can be the rules and constraints affecting the secure management and supervision of serving offenders. To read this report in full please go here.

HR portfolio lead

After several years as HR portfolio lead, Mary Archer, CE of Essex, has decided to step down as HR portfolio lead. Mary has engaged very effectively on behalf of the PCA in negotiations around HR issues and we are very grateful for all the work she has done. The lead will move to the current Portfolio deputy, Nick Hall, CE of Northumbria. Nick has been working with Mary for some time and is well versed in the current issues as well as having a background in HR management. Please contact Nick if there are issues you’d like to raise. He would be pleased to hear from you. His contact details are: